Our long term plan is delivering a jobs revolution
More jobs and money for our community is a key priority for me. The best cure
for deprivation is a job. I want more people to have the opportunity to get on
and have the security of a weekly pay packet.
Before I was elected,
unemployment had risen a shameful 50% in Dover & Deal. Youth unemployment
had risen by the same amount. Our area was gripped by recession. Many wanted
work yet were unable to find it. Across the nation there were 5 million who
could work yet did not. This was a tragic waste of talent.
We've come a
long way together in the past five years. Much has changed. Since 2010,
unemployment in Dover and Deal is down nearly 40%. As the recovery has
strengthened, it's come down 28% in the last year alone. This shows the impact
that our welfare reforms and long term economic plan has had on our community.
It's important to remember that behind each statistic is a changed life. A
person in work is better able to provide for themselves and their family. This
is why the jobs revolution we have seen really matters.
There's been an
even greater revolution in youth unemployment. This has dropped a stunning 46%
since 2010. We have also seen an apprenticeships revolution. Over 3,000
apprenticeships have been created in Dover and Deal since 2010 - nearly double
the figure in the previous Parliament. I am passionate about opportunity
politics. It's great to see so many more of our young people getting into the
world of work, getting on and being a success. Training and skills for our young
people is an investment now that will pay off over many years - both for our
young people and our local economy.
We've done well, yet we can do even
better. There is more to do to ensure there is a job for everyone in our area
who wants one. That's why I hosted my third Jobs Fair at Dover Town Hall today.
The fair brings together talented jobseekers, and those wanting a change of
career, with local employers.
Taking that first step back into work or
into a new job isn't easy. There's nothing like meeting a new employer
face-to-face and getting the opportunity to show what you can do. That's why the
three Dover Jobs Fairs I've hosted have been so successful. Hundreds of people
pack into the Town Hall and over 30 firms attend each year looking to fill
vacancies. The Jobs Fairs help people to get job opportunities and succeed in
Some great businesses and organisations looking for
employees were in the Town Hall today, including Town and Country Housing, local
schools, recruitment firms, the armed forces and many more. Thank you to all
those who helped our local jobs revolution by making the event a huge